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Yesterday – my troubles didn’t seem so far away!

I spent the weekend in Monsey with my KoD. We had an awesome Shabbat and a very meaningful Yom Kippur together, our first. For the first time since I can remember I made it to shul for shacharit and stayed till 2.15pm! I didn’t have the caffeine headache which was awesome.

Yesterday, I planned to leave first thing. Man tracht und Gott lacht. (Man plans and God laughs). Yep, you guessed it, car wouldn’t start. Again. Nightmare. I needed to get back to my boys AND we had our immigration medicals today and I didn’t want to push them off.

We had a couple of local boys over to build the sukkah so together with the KoD they tinkered and pushed and rolled and tinkered with the car some more. I was fast running out of time – I needed to be in Montreal (I had typed “home” but that would be Monsey). The engine just wouldn’t turn over. The battery was fine. The engine just wouldn’t catch. So frustrating.

So of course you all remember the story with my new Town and Country not being allowed into Canada? Yeah. So I have this amazingly awesome car that I could be driving instead of a 16 year old pain in the neck – but I can’t bring it in to Canada. Time is tick tocking away.

After much discussion we decide that I will see if I can drive my Town and Country to Plattsburgh, leave it there, and have a friend pick me up and drive me the rest of the way, over the border. I sent out a mass email to all my Montreal people and within minutes my phone was ringing with people offering to help in different capacities. It was truly humbling to feel the outpouring of support from my friends. This is what Community is about.

I loaded up the van and off I went. Thankfully I had an uneventful drive. It was great listening to Sirius comedy radio all the way up. I arrived in Plattsburgh and went to the Days Inn, where previously they had allowed us to park overnight in their parking lot when we had the initial issues with the van. Pffffft. The manager was not rude, just ungracious. Pay for a room and you can leave the van here. Go park at the Price Chopper.

I texted the KoD – he told me to try a different hotel / motel. I drove to the Best Western. Parked the car, went in. Two ladies were behind the desk. I turned on the tears as best I could, explained the situation to them, there were some other Canadians there who commiserated with me about the Canadian border laws – and the Best Western said “sure, no problem”.

I sat in the car and waited for my ride to arrive. Within hours I was safe and sound getting squishes from my boychikles. I put them to bed. And started to work on getting us back to Plattsburgh, so we can be in Monsey for Sukkot.

I fell asleep with a major headache and woke up with it still. I hate not knowing what the plan is. One passenger with one suitcase is so much easier to pick up, than five, with suitcases and sleeping bags and stuff. It’s now 7.44 am and I am hoping the be on our way to NY within the next 24 hours. Bus and train is out as there is no way I can manage all of us and our stuff. I tried renting a car – either they don’t do one way rental, OR their drop off point is 20 miles away from where I need to be and they don’t have pick up service. OR they have no cars available.

Right now it is too early to call private car services – I really don’t want to have to pay a lot of money, but it looks like that is our only option at this point in time. I just want to get to our car safe and sound, and get the boys to Monsey in one piece. And perhaps not go broke (or insane) in the process.

And last night, as I am sitting in the car in Plattsburgh the KoD called me. He figured he would try the van one more time. (We were waiting for mechanic to call back). Yep, darn thing started. I should have been happy to hear this news but it just made me cry that much harder. Why could it not have started in time for me not to have to go crazy in order to get back?? I know God has His master plan, but please…..clue me in sometime?

Anyhow, laundry awaits, we have to prepare for our medicals and pack up. We will get to NY, its just a question of how. I have faith.

Silver lining, silver lining, silver lining, silver lining……

ETA (10 am) I have managed to sort out a ride for us. Mr CarMan once again steps up to the plate and he doesn’t even want me to cover his gas money. The world has some special people in it!!

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Cough cough splutter die

It’s Sunday night and I am still in Monsey. I was supposed to be back in Montreal by now. I packed up the car and was ready to leave here by 1pm. I had hugged my KoD, cried the tears I always cry when we leave each other (ie lakes and rivers and a couple of oceans’ worth), tried to find my stiff upper lip (failed) and buckled myself into the car. KoD was standing off to one side, ready to wave me off.

I turned the key in the ignition. Cough cough splutter die. Has to be a fluke, right? I turn the key again, the tears having stopped as the taste of panic starts to tickle the back of my throat. Cough cough splutter die. Cough cough splutter die. Cough cough cough cough splutter splutter die die. At this point the KoD is telling me to get out of the car, because of course if he turns the key in the ignition it will work. Nope, didn’t. Cough cough etc… at this point the engine was flooded and we decided to leave it a bit.

I thought we should try jumper cables. My next door neighbour had none, but my over the road neighbour did. They were discussing across the street, one to the other “Will you jump her or shall I?” – was quite amusing. I had three men playing mechanic and a gaggle of kids watching. They hooked up the cable thingumajiggies and turned it on … and it didn’t work. So the battery didn’t die. The car has a new fuel pump, so it wasn’t that. We determined, finally, that it was probably a problem with the starter. Of course it being a Sunday garages are closed…

I aim to be able to be fixed up and back on the road by late morning….

The upside – I got to spend more time with my KoD and avoided long lines at the border. The downside – I am a day behind now on my preparations for Rosh Hashannah.

Thankfully the car didn’t die in the middle of my trip back. Thankfully I didn’t have my kids with me who would have missed school tomorrow. Thankfully everyone is ok, and the car is fixable. And hopefully soon enough I won’t have to be doing this darn trek back and forth….

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